Presume to lay their hand upon the ark Of her magnificent and awful cause.
The Task. Book ii. The Timepiece, Line 231.
Note 1. Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men!Jeremiah ix. 2.
Oh that the desert were my dwelling-place!Lord Byron: Childe Harold, canto iv, stanza 177. [back]
Note 2. Servi peregrini, ut primum Galliæ fines penetraverint eodem momento liberi sunt (Foreign slaves, as soon as they come within the limits of Gaul, that moment they are free).Bodinus: Liber i. c. 5.
Lord Campbell (Lives of the Chief Justices, vol. ii. p. 418) says that Lord Mansfield first established the grand doctrine that the air of England is too pure to be breathed by a slave. The words attributed to Lord Mansfield, however, are not found in his judgment. They are in Hargraves argument, May 14, 1772, where he speaks of England as a soil whose air is deemed too pure for slaves to breathe in.Lofft: Reports, p. 2. [back]